Academic Upgrading – Kirkland Lake Campus

Academic Upgrading is a tuition free program. Cost is a $20 fee, paid to the Northern College Student Association. We provide a customized bridge that takes students from where they are (determined by an entry assessment) to where they want to be (determined by their goal). Academic Upgrading program is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).  According to MTCU guidelines, a learner must be:

  • An Ontario resident and at least 19 years old (exceptions may apply)
  • An adult whose literacy and basic skills are assessed at intake as being less than the end of Level 3 of the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) or the OALCF
  • Proficient enough in speaking and listening to benefit fully from the language of instruction

At the Kirkland Lake Campus, students should be able to work independently in a large classroom setting. Students access one-on-one coaching and feedback to support the learning activities they complete on their own. Students should be able to organize their time and assignments to make workable levels of progress towards long-term goals.

Academic Upgrading Schedule
The program runs 25 hours per week, Monday to Friday. We accommodate childcare and work schedules by customizing the school commitment. Some learners may qualify for training support allowances to help with travel and childcare expenses. Students receive a college student card, giving them access to college facilities, including a locker, and student discounts wherever they apply. We close for statutory holidays, two weeks at Christmas and the March Break. Our academic year starts just after Labour Day and runs into June. Students who do not complete their upgrading requirements may continue with us the following September.

Summer Session Information
Kirkland Lake Upgrading offers an 8-week summer session. It begins towards the end of June and runs until mid-August.  This helps prepare students for the Fall program start. Generally, the summer session focuses on math, sciences and computers prerequisites. Communications is not offered (offerings depend on sufficient enrolment). If you are unable to attend a classroom environment, there is distance delivery.  Visit Ace Distance Delivery and Ontario Learn for details.

Tuition Bursary
Each year, a full tuition bursary may be awarded to one applicant from Kirkland Lake’s Academic Upgrading program.  The successful student: has mature student status, demonstrates financial need, is registered in the Kirkland Lake Upgrading program prior to December, has applied and been accepted to a full-time, post-secondary program at the Kirkland Lake Campus and demonstrates academic progress.